Men's Tennis Sees Two Advance At ITA Championship

Oct. 26, 2001

MALIBU -- USC's Andrew Park and Damien Spizzo each collected a pair of wins on Thursday (Oct. 25) to advance to the third round of the 2001 Omni Hotels ITA Region VIII South Championships held at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu. Seeded third and seventh respectively, Park and Spizzo were among seven of the top eight seeds who made it through the first two rounds.

Park, last year's tournament champion, held Iman Nilipour of LMU scoreless with a 6-0, 6-0 win in the opening round, then defeated Manuel Scherer of UCSB 6-3, 6-0 to advance. Spizzo earned a 7-5, 6-1 win over Johannes Asuja of LMU to start, then fought to earn a 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 victory over Arizona's Colin O'Grady in the second round.

Freshman Prakash Amritraj was eliminated in the second round, while Daniel Langre, Ruben Torres and Teige Sullivan each lost their first round matches.

USC also advanced two doubles teams after first round competition. Park and Amritraj will face Mirza Duronovic and Chris Stewart of Arizona State in Friday's second round. The pair defeated UCSB's Marcin Kosakowski and Carlos Palencia 8-6 in the opening round. Sullivan and Torress earned an 8-6 win over Anthony Evrard and Ryan Gerstner of LMU to advance. The pair will face Pepperdine's fifth-seeded Al Garland and Calle Hansen tomorrow.

Omni Hotels ITA Region VIII South Championship

First Round (Oct. 25)
Carlos Palencia (UCSB) def. Daniel Langre (USC) - 6-3, 7-6
Andrew Park (USC) def. Iman Nilipour (LMU) - 6-0, 6-0
Steve Racioppi (Pepp) def. Ruben Torres (USC) - 6-2, 6-3
Prakash Amritraj (USC) def. Nick Tracy (Cal Poly) - 6-3, 6-2
Derrick Nguyen (UCLA) def. Teige Sullivan (USC) - 7-5, 7-6 (4)
Damien Spizzo (USC) def. Johannes Asuja (LMU) - 7-5, 6-1

Second Round (Oct. 25)
Andrew Park (USC) def. Manuel Scherer (UCSB) - 6-3, 6-0
Ricardo Rizo (USD) def. Prakash Amritraj (USC) - 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-5
Damien Spizzo (USC) def. Colin O'Grady (Ariz) - 7-5, 6-7, 6-4

Third Round (Oct 26)
Andrew Park (USC) vs. Mirza Duranovic (ASU)
Damien Spizzo (USC) vs. Calle Hansen (Pepp)

First Round (Oct. 25)

Park/Amritraj (USC) def. Kosakowski/Palencia (UCSB) - 8-6
Torres/Sullivan (USC) def. Evrard/Gerstner (LMU) - 8-6

Second Round (Oct. 26)
Park/Amritraj (USC) vs. Duronovic/Stewart (ASU)
Torres/Sullivan (USC) vs. Garland/Hansen (Pepp)

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